Christophe Friedli's TOP Google+ Photos for Jan 28 - Feb 11

published February 12 by  
This PERSONAL TOP contains ten of the most popular photos published publicly
by Christophe Friedli on Google+ between January 28 and February 11, 2012.

*The Realization*

Two weeks today since I came back from my trip… In this period I had lots of time to think things over in an attempt to understand the impact and changes caused by my experiences through this time away… I believe that I might have started to understand it tonight and it was a liberating feeling.

Throughout the entire trip I found answers to questions I didn’t know I have, especially during my stay in Switzerland. As a child I spent a short period of time in Lausanne in the company of my parents and my sister. It was amazing to understand that through the answers to these questions that it wasn’t simply my past that I was finally discovering but also the present.

My feelings and thoughts have been in turmoil since I came back. I feel fine when in the ”safety” of my home but as soon as I step out into the world this overwhelming and intense feeling takes over causing me to distance myself from everything around. This happened for two weeks and it was slowly consuming me…

Tonight a simple moment brought light to where darkness once reigned… I finally understood...

I am at peace again.

#thirstythursday by +Mark Esguerra & +Giuseppe Basile
#travelthursday by +Laura Mitchum
#silhouettesonthursday by +Siddharth Pandit

(Thank you so much for curating).

*Red-Whiskered Bulbul* (Father Edition) :D

Here's a photo dedicated to my two favourite bird photographers and best friends +Lee Daniels & +Sumit Sen. ♥ ♥

This is the dad of the little one I posted earlier today:

Some other time I'll be posting the picture of the two together.

I hope you'll like it. :)

Edit - As per +lynn langmade ' suggestion (thanks Lynn!) , adding the tag #purplecircle with +Alexis Coram , +Craig Szymanski , +lynn langmade & +Sinead Sam McKeown. :)

For #macromonday , +Macro Monday curated by the wonderful trio consisting of +Kerry Murphy, +Kelli Seeger Kim & +Jennifer Eden (thank you!). ♥

For #purplecircle by +Alexis Coram, +Craig Szymanski, +lynn langmade & +Sinead Sam McKeown +PurpleCircle (thank you too!) :)

I got my macro lens one day prior to my trip and didn't get a chance to play with it before embarking on my journey. The first thing I've learned about the lens is how heavy it is! The second lesson was how difficult it is to keep the camera steady and maintain the focus on the subject. Not having a tripod that was small and compact enough to shoot the things I wanted, I decided to give it a go and had "macro days" where it was the one and only lens I used for the entire day. This helped me understand it better and as the day went by I developed a passion for these entire new worlds that open up thanks to a macro lens. :) I still got a lot to learn but am looking forward to try new things: can't wait for spring!

I hope that everyone had an awesome weekend and wish you a fantastic week ahead! :)

*Don't Take Your Love Away From Me*

Hi Everyone!

This photo and post are dedicated to all of you who have been following my journey.

I am looking for an inspiration
And I think I found it in your heart
It's the kind of thing you get when you're not looking
It's the kind of thing you had from the start

#floralfriday / +FloralFriday curated by +Tamara Pruessner (thanks for watching over Lee!) :)

VAST - Don't Take Your Love Away (HIGH QUALITY AUDIO)

*Echoes of Childhood Laughters*

For #MacroMonday curated by +Kerry Murphy , +Kelli Seeger Kim & +Jennifer Eden - thank you for curating this awesome theme! ♥

I remember that I used to play with these flowers as a child... I'd pick the fallen ones and take its center and would magically transform them into an universe of its own. I'd forgotten about them since I haven't seen one here in Toronto (don't believe they can grow here) and it was another one of those amazing moments in my trip when I found it again! The memories came rushing in, bringing the echo of childhood laughters to my mind and the one image of my school back home; that's where I used to gather and play with them during recess! :D

So the weekend is come & gone again. Another week begins and I'm here wishing everyone that it's a wonderful one. Remember the little things...



That's how I feel whenever I listen to this wonderful song:

Röyksopp - Tristesse Globale

Wishing beautiful dreams to those going to bed now.
Wishing a peaceful day to those starting the day now.


"I have often had the impression that, to penguins, man is just another penguin -- different, less predictable, occasionally violent, but tolerable company when he sits still and minds his own business." Bernard Stonehouse

For +Lars Clausen and the amazing theme day #toytuesday !

Have an awesome day everyone! :D


#mytowntuesday by +Melanie Kintz & +Eric Leslie

"Impermanent are all component things
They arise and cease, that is their nature
They come into being and pass away
Release from them is bliss supreme "

I hope everyone is having a beautiful day. ♥

*Between Darkness & Light*

Tonight, after spending almost five hours browsing through my photos, I finally found one that I wanted to share and which would reflect my current state of mind. The choice of this photo made me think about how our perceptions of things change according to different circumstances such as our surroundings, our mood, the time of day, etc.

I remember the moment I took this photo and remember feeling blessed for being there. Like in most sunsets; the wind seemed to die down, the birds stopped singing and there was a palpable stillness in the air. There were very few people around me and all seemed to be mesmerized by the silent battle between darkness and light taking place in front of us… Time stood still…

Now, almost three weeks after this photo was taken, I am here seeing it again and reliving that moment. My heart beats faster with the knowledge that the sun eventually broke through the clouds, reminding me of another beautiful that was ending and giving me the opportunity of one more day here with you.

I dedicate this photo and post to all those who are trying to understand…. ♥

For #thirstythursday by +Mark Esguerra & +Giuseppe Basile (thank you)
For #travelthursday by +Laura Mitchum (thank you)
#plusphotoextract by +Jarek Klimek (thank you)

It is Much Better Down There

While in Mauritius I rediscovered how much I miss the ocean and all that it shelters. Many people like to go to the beach to lie down, read a magazine/book, take a nap or whatever it is they choose to do (and nothing wrong with that). I prefer to swim, to snorkel, to free dive... I spend most of the time in the water and today this was the thing I missed the most being back in Canada: the freedom brought to me by the wonderful world found underwater...

I decided to work a little bit on my photos and came across this one. It immediately transported me back in time and space.

I decided to share it for +Macro Monday curated by the amazing trio of +Kerry Murphy , +Kelli Seeger Kim & +Jennifer Eden . ♥

I think it can be squeezed in for the +PurpleCircle too. I believe it's +Alexis Coram , +Sinead Sam McKeown , +lynn langmade & +Craig Szymanski who take care of the page but I apologize if I forgot someone! I'll blame it on the jet-lag! :P ♥

I hope everyone's weekend was an awesome one and wish a fantastic week ahead!

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